It seems as though we’re surrounded by things that threaten our health. Some are obvious, some aren’t so easy to recognize. Learn to recognize the cancer-causing carcinogens around you, be aware of the dangers, and protect yourself from their potentially harmful effects.
Treated Wrinkle-Free Dress Shirts contain formaldehyde, which is known to cause respiratory and nasal cancer. According to experts, there is no safe level of exposure to formaldehyde, any contact can raise your risk of cancer. To protect yourself, skip the wrinkle-free perk or minimize contact with formaldehyde by washing wrinkle-free shirts before the first wear to minimize formaldehyde exposure – and also wear an undershirt.
Soda contains large amounts of sugar, colorings, and food chemicals which acidify and feed cancer cells. The caramel coloring and it’s derivative 4-methlimidazole (4-MI) have been specifically linked to cancer. Protect yourself by switching to water!
Styrofoam contains styrene which is known to damage DNA. Protect yourself by avoiding styrofoam in all forms, and especially avoiding food heated in styrofoam – including coffee.
Laundry Detergent is listed as a known, potentially cancer-causing product. Laundry detergents contain and leave behind a potentially cancer-causing chemical known as 1,4-dioxane. Although 1,4-dioxane isn’t proven to cause cancer in humans, it has been known to trigger tumors in both the liver and nasal cavities of rats. The tricky part about watching for 1,4-dioxane is that it’s not listed on product labels due to the fact that it’s considered an impurity as opposed to an ingredient. To protect yourself, look into switching to a healthier and more environmentally friendly detergent like Clorox Green Works. Another tip-off that your detergent might be containing 1,4-dioxane are words containing “eth” or “oxynol” on the label.
Bread, Chips & French Fries all contain acrylamide which is a chemical used to treat wastewater. According to Timpthy Fennell, Ph.D., a toxicology director at RTI International, when carb-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures, the amino acids react with sugars and create acrylamide. The consumption of acrylamide can lead to DNA mutations within the body, and is known to raise the risk of cancer.Protect yourself by cooking your baked goods at lower temperatures over longer periods of time, soak your potatoes before cooking, and don’t over-brown fried foods.